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Rangers recap: Martinez continues to cruise as Prince provides the power

Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder watches his two-run homer, his first of the season, that gave Texas a 5-1 lead against the Diamondbacks in the eighth inning Tuesday night in Phoenix. The Rangers won 7-1.
Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder watches his two-run homer, his first of the season, that gave Texas a 5-1 lead against the Diamondbacks in the eighth inning Tuesday night in Phoenix. The Rangers won 7-1. AP

Pitching: Nick Martinez held the Diamondbacks to one run (his first earned run allowed this season) on five hits and a walk in six innings. Martinez has allowed one earned run in his first 20 innings this season. He struck out three. He likely would have made it to the seventh if a Rougned Odor error in the sixth hadn’t extended him by 12 pitches before getting out of a bases-loaded jam. Keone Kela took over in the seventh but was replaced with two outs with runners on the corners by Shawn Tolleson. Tolleson struck out Goldschmidt to end the threat. Tanner Scheppers, who walked the bases loaded on Sunday, allowed a hit and struck out one in the ninth.

Hitting: Prince Fielder had a 400-foot ground-rule double to left-center field that scored Leonys Martin in the first inning and a two-run homer in the eighth (his first since May 8) to give the Rangers a 5-1 cushion. Martin led off the first with a double and had a two-run single in the ninth to make it 7-1. The top three Rangers hitters —Martin, Fielder and Elvis Andrus — combined to go 6 for 14 with two doubles, a homer, six RBI and four runs scored.

Notables: Shin-Soo Choo has not committed an error thus far but he has made some odd-looking catches in right field. Another one on a line drive just to his right in the first inning didn’t look pretty but he made the catch ... Rougned Odor’s fielding error (his second) on a grounder to his right should have ended the sixth inning but instead forced Martinez to throw 12 more pitches before getting out of a bases-loaded jam.

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